Montero cleared waivers and was released by the Nationals on Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. The Nationals opted to go with Matt Wieters and Pedro Severino behind the dish in the majors, leaving Montero without a spot on the roster. As such, he'll now test the open market, though his mediocre showing over the past two seasons will likely limit him to a minor-league deal.
Montero was designated for assignment by Washington on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. With Matt Wieters (oblique) activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game, the Nationals decided against keeping three catchers on the active roster and removed Montero from the 40-man. He had appeared in four games this season but failed to collect a hit in 11 at-bats. Montero will now be subjected to waivers.
Montero is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves. Despite returning from the paternity list ahead of the contest, the Nationals will keep him on the bench Tuesday. Pedro Severino will log another start behind the dish in his stead.
Montero was activated from the paternity list Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. As expected, the veteran backstop will make his return to the Nationals ahead of Tuesday's game with the Braves. His stay atop the depth chart will likely be brief, however, as Matt Wieters (oblique) is expected to return Wednesday. In a corresponding move, Jhonatan Solano (elbow) was placed on the disabled list.
Montero (personal) is expected to return to the team Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Montero was placed on the paternity list Saturday and is able to miss up to three games while attending to the birth of his child. Because Montero will be unavailable Monday against the Braves, expect Pedro Severino to receive another start behind the dish.